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The Text of the Old Testament

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The Text of the Old Testament

David Gooding


In this talk, David Gooding provides interesting insights into his work in the field of textual criticism and shows the kind of considerations that have to be taken into account in determining the accuracy and reliability of different ancient texts and manuscripts.

Taking as an example the story of David and Goliath, he explores the divergence between the account given in the Masoretic Text (on which our English translations are based) and the text found in the Septuagint. He makes clear his belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture (2 Tim 3:16) as distinct from the claim that the text grew and ‘evolved’.

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